The New York Times: The First Female Photographers Brought a New Vision to The New York Times [paywall]

“As revolutions go, this one got off to a quiet and unassuming start in the early 1970s. It was achieved slowly, one female photographer at a time, each hired by The New York Times for her talent with a camera and her desire to practice the best journalism possible.

The men who hired the first of those women quite likely weren’t thinking about altering the prevailing concepts of photojournalism. But over time, as more women were hired and gained acceptance, they began to push successfully for publication of images that were different, for the truths they saw in people and events, for assignments that had once been denied them and for assignments that had not been envisioned before….”

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Opening Night, The 2019 Loud and Luminous Exhibition, St Leonards, NSW, Australia, April 11 2019

I attended the launch of the 2019 Loud and Luminous Exhibition by the Loud and Luminous collective of Australian women and non-binary photographers at Contact Sheet, “an education and mentorship space, a gallery and a co-working space” in the Sydney north shore suburb of St Leonards, located in a complex of creative spaces supported by TWT Developments, Building Hope Foundation and Brand X. 

This is the first time I have encountered these organizations and there may well be some intriguing stories and documentary subjects to be found within them. 

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The Guardian: How today’s female directors broke out of ‘movie jail’

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jan/31/female-directors-movie-industry-gender-discrimination

“Not one woman was nominated for this year’s best director Oscar. But some of the hottest forthcoming movies are female-led – so has gender discrimination in the industry been busted?…

… “I think you have a generation of women who will never know if they could have been successes because they never had the opportunity,” says Melissa Silverstein, founder of Women and Hollywood, which campaigns for diversity and equality. The factors preventing women from having sustained movie careers are numerous, Silverstein says. There is institutional sexism, conscious and unconscious, as well as motherhood….”

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National Geographic: How women photographers access worlds hidden from men

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/culture/2019/03/how-women-photographers-access-world-hidden-from-men

“There are benefits to being a photographer who happens to be a woman: you’re welcomed into secret worlds, invited into homes, and trusted with the most delicate subjects. Then there are the downsides: fighting to be taken seriously by a male-dominated industry, entering dangerous and unpredictable situations, and tackling stereotypes about where women should go and the topics they should cover. We asked National Geographic’s women photographers from across the world for memories and reflections on how gender is intertwined with their work, the opportunities for young women coming after them, and the future of their field….”

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Screen Australia: Meet the 15 ACS Accredited Women

https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/sa/screen-news/2019/03-08-meet-the-15-acs-accredited-women

“We put a spotlight on these acclaimed Australian technicians – including their career highlights and how they shot them – as part of International Women’s Day.

To gain accreditation from the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) is no mean feat.

It requires a minimum number of years working within the industry and a body of work which represents not just that you can do the job, but with a level of creativity and innovation that exceeds the norm.

A sub-committee then assesses the work and from there you may be awarded your ‘letters’ – the ACS that appears after your name.

To date, 15 women have been awarded that elite title (only 5.6%), and the ACS hopes that will grow. As part of International Women’s Day, we celebrate their achievements, and hear in their own words about career highlights, cameras, lenses, and what draw them to cinematography (in order of accreditation year)….”

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BBC: International Women’s Day: Women behind the lens

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-47441572

“Photographers Jennifer McCord, Iulia David, Holly-Marie Cato and Amy Shore are leading the charge to get more women behind the lens. They will be passing on their knowledge at the Women Who Photo event to be held at The Photography Show in Birmingham.

Here we showcase a selection of their work and learn what inspires them….”

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The Guardian: Women battling sexism in photography – a picture essay

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/07/women-battling-sexism-in-photography-a-picture-essay

“Push-ups and photography aren’t normal bed partners. But when Cybele Malinowski was starting out as a young photography assistant in 2005, she was told to do 100 push-ups a day. The reason? To “match the strength of a man”….

… As her career gathered pace, Malinowski battled discrimination beyond heavy gear. Often when she arrived on set, the client would assume that her male assistant was the photographer, or that she was the makeup artist or stylist. More recently, when she became pregnant, Malinowski suddenly found herself losing jobs: clients told her they feared she just wasn’t “up to it”….

… Trying to get sexism off the couch has become Malinowski’s mission. Last year she co-founded Agender, a platform for female photographers designed to exchange ideas and advance careers, with the former investment banker turned entrepreneur Angela Liang. Their second annual exhibition, Balance for Better, will open on 9 March to mark International Women’s Day, with 50% of sale profits donated to Sydney Women’s Fund.

“This exhibition, on the one hand, is held to celebrate women and it’s also trying to put a mirror up on the industry itself: [to say] look at these incredible women, why are they still a minority?” says Malinowski….”

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ELLE Australia: Make #IWD2019 Plans To Check Out Some Super-Cool Female Art

https://www.elle.com.au/culture/agender-female-photography-exhibit-sydney-march-2019-20024

“Want to spend International Women’s Day with your BFFs, taking in some ~art~ and toasting to female empowerment? If you’re in Sydney you’re in luck, because an exciting new (free) exhibition filled with work by local female artists is opening this week and running for the whole of March.

Agender, an Australian-based collective that champions the work of female photographers, is putting on its second annual International Women’s Day show. With work by established and up-and-coming artists including Anna Pogossova, Cybele Malinowski, Cara O’Dowd, Leila Jeffreys, Yasmin Suteja, Michele Aboud and Carlotta Moye (among several others), the exhibition will have its opening night on Friday March 8 from 6pm to 8.30pm, then run from March 9 – 31, at Sydney’s Sun Studios….”

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The Conversation: Hollywood may be able to afford #MeToo, but it’s a stretch for the Australian arts

https://theconversation.com/hollywood-may-be-able-to-afford-metoo-but-its-a-stretch-for-the-australian-arts-111842

“…the larger task remains to engineer a genuine culture shift at the grassroots of the arts; to adequately support artist wellbeing in a competitive and under-funded sector. Real culture change doesn’t come cheap. It takes money, time and resources and on that front, Australia is a long way from Hollywood.

In our competitive and underfunded sector, power relationships are ever present. It is simply too easy for an artist to not be selected for future contracts if they are perceived to have had mental or physical health issues in the past. Young artists have very strong motivation not to disclose such issues and risk succumbing to career-ending illness or injury….”

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Screen Producers Australia: Australian Screen Industry Code of Practice – Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Bullying

Commentary:

This has, alas, all come about a bit too late.

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